In the close race for the 65th Assembly District, Republican Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton) has conceded to Sharon Quirk-Silva, according to a statement released by Kim Thursday evening.
Kim said she called Quirk-Silva Thursday to congratulate her.
"As our area faces some serious challenges in the weeks and months ahead, I will keep Sharon Quirk-Silva in my prayers that...she will have the knowledge and judgment to be the leader our area deserves."
How did Donald Trump end up on the path to the White House?
Nine days after the presidential election, a bipartisan group of consultants and politicians came together for an L.A. Times panel to figure out what we all just went through and what's next.
Democratic consultants including Sean Clegg, who worked for California Sen.-elect Kamala Harris this cycle, agreed that Trump's populist message tapped into a part of the electorate in Rust Belt states that Hillary Clinton's campaign did not appeal to.
The members of Congress who persuaded President Obama to grant temporary legal status to hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought into the country illegally as children are now asking him to use a pardon to prevent those immigrants from being deported by President-elect Donald Trump.
The White House, however, promptly batted down the idea.
Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Obama on Thursday asking him to use his pardon authority to forgive the past and future civil immigration offenses of the nearly 750,000 people granted deportation deferrals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) will again fill a leadership role for House Republicans.
“I am humbled that my peers unanimously reelected me to serve as their sophomore representative to House Republican Leadership," Walters said in a statement.
Walters was tapped early for the leadership team, and she was also picked to represent her first-term colleagues in House leadership when she came to Washington in 2014. The party only has class representatives for the first two terms.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is being challenged for her leadership position by seven-term Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio.
"What we are doing right now is not working," Ryan said in a letter to colleagues. "Under our current leadership, Democrats have been reduced to our smallest congressional minority since 1929. This should indicate to all of us that keeping our leadership team completely unchanged will simply lead to more disappointment in future elections."
Amid rumors of a challenge, Pelosi (D-San Francisco) had earlier agreed to push the caucus leadership election back to Nov. 30. Nonetheless, members left Thursday for the Thanksgiving break, and there is little time for opposition to organize.
While the nation’s attention was focused on the November election and which party would lead the next Congress, or who would or would not hold on to their seats, dozens of members were quietly packing up their Capitol offices, Washington apartments and district offices.
Reps. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) and Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced their plans to retire over a year ago, saying simply it was time to go home, and have been slowing packing up decades of mementos and papers since.
Those who won’t be returning next year have to vacate their offices by Dec. 1.
Members of the California delegation have some advice for incoming members of Congress.
Six newly elected Californians are in Washington this week for a crash course in how to be a member of Congress.
They are sitting through daylong sessions on ethics, advice on hiring competent staff and managing their office budgets, and how to write legislation. Rep.-elect Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel) compared the experience to trying to drink from a fire hose.
So The Times asked some of California's veteran members of Congress what advice they have for new members.